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Building on History

by Charlie Adams

A Grade II-listed building in the centre of Tunbridge Wells is to be given new life as part of a regeneration in the upper part of town.

Local developers Beau Property have taken on the Regency terraced building at 61 Calverly Road, promising a “sensitive” redesign.

The building is set to be restored and brought back to use, with commercial space on the ground and basement levels and residential space in the upper floors.

Director Chris Hammond said: “We had been interested in acquiring the building for 18 months and, during this time, from our first offer, to completing the acquisition, the top quarter of Tunbridge Wells has seen a hive of new activity and buzz – with the (Retirement Villages Group) cinema site now getting going, the success of The Amelia and the much-anticipated Decimus Burton Museum.

“It’s a good time to be joining the refreshed story in this part of Tunbridge Wells, which together will benefit the whole town centre in terms of look, culture and experience.”

He added: “We are proud to be continuing the restoration of the building back to its original heritage from the Regency era, moving forwards the work started by Laura Ashley externally during its tenancy, retaining key features together with designing for a new period in the future.

“There are no heritage elements left inside the building, unfortunately, and it is part of our plan to work to add some features back in line with the original residential use of the building.”

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